Current job title: Tattoo artist at Tattoo Heartland in Bowling Green.

Hometown: Hopkinsville.

Family: My dad, Pat Armstrong, who is retired from the Air Force and retired from teaching Junior ROTC in Christian County; my mom, Doris Armstrong, who runs 12 antique booths; and my brother Patrick Armstrong, a screen printer and musician in Bowling Green.

The one thing no one knows about me is ... I fish for smallmouth bass around the state in my Jackson kayak more than 130 days a year.

My dream job is ... making art. I’ve wanted to make art since I was a kid, and now I’m tattooing full time and also carving stone and making small mechanical wood sculptures.

My first job was ... making sandwiches in Hopkinsville.

The best advice I ever got was ... “Keep your head down and hands busy” from Andrew Stickler, a tattooer and painter.

My hero (and why) is ... not a singular person but people who wake up every day and – despite what society tells them they SHOULD do – they live by their own rules, whether it’s making art or pottery or working as a carpenter or an electrician. Anyone who wakes up and gives 100 percent at a job is inspiring to me.

Doing the bare minimum to get by is extremely off-putting and uninteresting to me.

If I could do it all over again, ... I would do the same thing all over again.

The part of my job I could do without is ... social media. I’d rather be painting, tattooing or fishing.

The one thing I always carry with me is ... a benchmade knife.

Best meal I ever had was ... too many to count, but the hog buried in the ground at Brushy Mountain outside Pikeville was outstanding.

At the top of my bucket list is ... buying some property in the woods or on the lake and retiring.

​– Follow business reporter Don Sergent on Twitter @BGDNbusiness or visit


(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.